10/10/2018.- The 63rd edition of the Valladolid Film festival will be presenting Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof with an Honorary Spike coinciding with this year’s retrospective of his internationally acclaimed filmography. His directorial career comprises seven titles, including three features awarded in Cannes’ ‘Un Certain Regard: Béomid é didar (Goodbye) harvested the award for Best Director in 2011; Dast-Neveshteha Nemisoozand (Manuscripts Don’t Burn), won the Fipresci award in 2013; and Lerd (A Man of Integrity), bagged the Best Feature award in this section’s 2017 edition.
Mohammad Rasoulof was born in Shiraz in 1972. He started his artistic career at the age of nine by playing stage roles in his hometown before devoting himself to writing and play directing. He studied Social Sciencies with a focus on the impact of living under a totalitarian regime both for individuals and for society at large: a concern that is reflected by most of his films. His documentary movie Gagooman (TheTwilight, 2002) —his first feature-length film— earned him the Crystal Simorgh award at the Fajr International Film Festival as well as the award for the Best Documentary Film at Iran Cinema House.
Rasoulof was arrested in 2010 together with his friend, the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, and sentenced to six years in jail on charges of conspiracy and propaganda against the government of Iran. The sentence was later reduced to one year. In 2013 his passport was confiscated in Tehran as he was getting ready to attend the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival where he planned to present his film Dast-Neveshteha Nemisoosand, which he had shot secretly just as his previous feature Lerd. Following the latter’s screening at the 2017 Cannes Festival, he was banned from working and travelling abroad while waiting to serve his sentence.